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|Shuster Touts Amtrak Plan|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 29, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015Usually, a tragedy like Tuesday's fatal Amtrak crash near Philadelphia would have spurred Congress to action. For once, however, it didn't take a tragedy for Congress to start its search for a solution. House Republicans and Democrats had already agreed on a plan that they say will help fix...
|Philadelphia Amtrak Train|
James R. Brauchle, Mary F. Schiavo; Motley Rice;
May 25, 2015, previously published on May 13, 2015Motley Rice transportation attorneys are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the fatal derailment of an Amtrak train on May 12, 2015, that killed eight passengers and seriously injured 140 more.
|U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Amtrak’s Regulatory Authority|
Christopher G. Foster; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
May 20, 2015, previously published on April 29, 2015In 1970, Congress passed the Rail Passenger Service Act (RPSA), which was designed to aid in maintaining a national passenger railway system. The RPSA established the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, better known as Amtrak, which was intended to meet the national intercity railway needs. In...
|Time Running Out for Highway Fix|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 15, 2015, previously published on May 8, 2015Somehow, Congress has found itself staring at yet another highway funding deadline without a long-term deal in place. They have until just the end of this month to act, before the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money. But despite the deadline, lawmakers in both chambers and in both parties remain...
|PHMSA Adjusts LNG Facility Operator User Fees|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
May 11, 2015, previously published on May 8, 2015The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has revised its fee program paid by LNG facility operators to fund PHMSA’s LNG facility safety program. The fees will now be based on 1.6% of gas costs, implemented on a 10-tier...
|New Standards for Shipping Crude Oil, Petroleum Products and Renewable Fuel by Rail|
Susan G. Lafferty, David M. McCullough, Ryan R. Weiss, Shelley Wong; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
May 5, 2015, previously published on May 4, 2015On Friday, May 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) issued a final rule establishing new requirements for transporting flammable liquids in a continuous block of 20 or more tank cars or 35 or more tank cars loaded with a flammable liquid that are dispersed throughout a...
|Eleventh Circuit Affirms Use of Deadly Force to Terminate High Speed Pursuit.|
Leonard J. Dietzen, Zackery A. Scharlepp; Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association;
April 23, 2015, previously published on March 30, 2015In the midst of an era filled with negative national press related to law enforcement’s use of deadly force, the Eleventh Circuit recently issued an opinion recognizing the constitutionality of the use of lethal force to terminate high speed vehicle pursuits. “The use of deadly force...
|Truckers Beware The "City Different"|
Paul T. Yarbrough; Hall & Evans, LLC;
April 15, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015What in the world is going on in Santa Fe, New Mexico? This 400-year-old capital city is home to the nation's oldest church and other architectural treasures, incredible artworks, and a rich mixture of Hispanic, Anglo, and Native American cultures. Trying a case in Santa Fe is hard because you seem...
|Review of New Illinois Laws: Transportation|
Heyl Royster Voelker Allen Professional Corporation;
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 2015Speed Limits increased from 55 to 60 m.p.h. for heavy trucks and buses on Interstate highways in Cook County and the collar counties (S.B. 930, Sandoval-Oberweis—Moylan-DeLuca et al.), and to 70 m.p.h. for other vehicles on Interstate toll highways in urban districts (S.B. 2015,...
|Venue: A Key Factor in Trucking Litigation|
Brad Keller; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
March 24, 2015, previously published on Spring 2015Venue can have a tremendous effect on litigation, with some believing it can occasionally be more important than any single fact in a case. Venue affects litigation in many ways, including the value of a claim and the convenience and expense of defending litigation.